Catholic Parenting And The Four Temperaments

Parenting is complicated and how we parent each child will be different based on how God created each child. Catholic parents should try to lead each child based on their temperament, history, and processing strengths. It is good to approach each child as an individual and be aware of their differences. Learning about your child’s temperament can help, but parents must recognize children can change with time.

Catholic Parenting: Can the Four Temperaments Help?

The four temperaments described individuals as sanguine (optimistic, social, and associated with the element of air), melancholic (analytical, quiet, earth), choleric (short-tempered, irritable, fire), and phlegmatic (relaxed, peaceful, water).

Buckingham, 2002